Once upon a time, I used email clients. Well those that install on computers. Looking back, I can now remember things like Outlook Express (it seems like this was my first one), followed by a series of experiments with clients like Netscape Mail, Eudora, Evolution, Pegasus Mail and The Bat !. Once I even installed PocoMail and IncrediMail, I don’t know what was in my head back then, don’t ask. The last client I used on my computer was Mozilla Thunderbird, seven years ago.
I stopped experimenting with all those installations, migrations, and chucks as Google changed its perception of the world as a free (and paid) email system.
I remember like today, when “all” free email accounts had a 5-20MB capacity limit, and then Google called everyone one gigabyte in one day. It had an enormous impact at the time. Personally, I believe that the business decision to create Gmail is why Google has become a world-class business giant. But this is not about business. Let’s get back to the topic.
When I started using Gmail, about half a year later, I realized that I didn’t really need an email application on my computer. First of all, none of the customers of that time really integrated with Gmail. Shuri , I was able to pump all the emails through the POP protocol , but that doesn’t count as integration. Secondly, I did not lack any of the features provided by the email applications, because the webmails were functional enough from the beginning.
In short, my email was always available from any computer, and Google was able to achieve even better accessibility rates than paid solutions, not to mention free solutions.
Obviously, everything in this world goes in a spiral (I like spirals better than rings). I’ve resumed using an email client on my computer. The reason for this is a fresh email client that gives me almost all the benefits of Gmail, adding a few new tools and combining it all in a sleek and fast interface.
I noticed a new Sparrow email client the same day the first public beta came out. I wrote about it on Twitter and started using it quietly. It’s been more than 5 months and I’m completely used to it. At first I used the free beta version, but when the 1.0 final version came out, I bought it for a fee.
I have already mentioned that one of the reasons why I like Sparrow so much is its simplicity and elegant interface. This email client was originally designed as a Gmail client, so it implements almost all of the features of Gmail that were vital for me to start looking at a separate application at all. But it seems that the most important reason I am excited about this client is that Sparrow has started to make my daily work even more productive.
Before you start arguing that Thunderbird with the right configurations and plugins is almost compatible with Gmail, I have to say right away that I don’t agree. While Thunderbird is likely to be more feature-rich, it’s simply wrong. Starting with the visual look – icons, colors, font size, layout, etc. All the configurations, adjustments and milliseconds I have to spend to analyze the “wrong” layout distract me and I think that’s one of the reasons I can to achieve (or not to achieve) one quality or another.
I understand that for others it may all sound like full butter, or it may be absolutely insignificant, but as I said, I have thought a lot about those things and for me it really is. To make it all clearer, I would need at least one whole article. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll write about it separately.
In short, everything. Of course, nothing is ever meant and valid for everyone, but if Sparrow has not been tried yet, then I can only recommend it. Of course, unless you have a Mac, because this program is not available on the Windows operating system.
Sparrow was designed as a specific Gmail client. Version 1.1 was released today , which includes IMAP support. This means that Sparrow can also be used with most other mailboxes, as long as your service provider provides IMAP access. This does not apply to the domestic Inbox, as the company does not consider it necessary to provide customers with the IMAP function, but for others this could be useful news. There are other, smaller improvements that all together make Sparrow even better. You can find out more from the official blog .
The Sparrow email client has been developed by three programmers from France. They have understood the things that huge corporations have been doing for 20 years. I am sure that the application will sell well in the relatively new Mac App Store and the guys will become popular and prosperous with this project.
Sparrow costs $ 9.99. To my delight, this purchase was worth every penny.